Mary from Bethel Memorial Church of Princeton, IN
We had our event today --and it was incredible. About fifty people showed up, aged 2-70's. It only took about an hour to complete the entire event, but what a power-packed hour! We started with one of the videos, and a quick prayer and instructions, then people got to work. People filled a kit or refill bag, put in their note (and some colored pictures to go with them), then stopped outside in the hallway to meet with one of our six-person prayer team ladies. Every kit and every bag was prayed over specifically, by at least two people gathered together, and each caregiver and patient was lifted up before GOD before the kit was packed back away. It was such an awesome thing...you could stand in the assembly room and feel the energy and excitement of people involved, then if you stepped out into the hallway you could feel the awesome presence of God's Spirit there, meeting with us and blessing these simple little kits and the lives they are about to impact. What a blessing and privilege! The prayer ladies agreed they got the best job of everyone, to spend the whole time interceding... so cool. Thank you for allowing the small-town American church the opportunity to do something like this so simply.
We know it will bless the recipients and bring them hope, love, dignity, and the Truth of Jesus... but it also gives us another very tangible way to express Christ's love with our hands and feet. Such a beautiful thing to see the Body stand up and dance with Jesus to meet needs of people suffering in this fallen creation. Today was truly the Church being the Church, and Jesus was glorious in His Body.
Thanks again, so much, for making days like this possible so simply.
We appreciate you and your ministry- to God be the glory. Can't wait to see the fruit of our labor in eternity. :)
Pastor Mich from Camano Island, Washington
What a time we had! There were 325 people who attended. The Thanksgiving Praise Gathering included dinner, worship, giving thanks around our dinner tables, before splitting up the room doing three different "Faith in Action" projects, one of which was the assembling of 55 Caregiver Kits.
I asked my dear friend Charlie to share how the Caregiver kits are making an impact in desperate far away places. Charlie’s words were powerful and encouraging as he shared about the volunteer Caregivers who help to care for those in their village suffering from AIDS. Before finishing the assembly, we gathered around the supplies, laid our hands on them and prayed for the caregiver and individual suffering with AIDS that the kit would help. It was a powerful moment in many hearts...including mine.
This is the second time we've chosen to assemble the Caregiver Kits. The Caregiver kits make it simple to care for the lost, sick and hurting. We had a fun (and meaningful) evening together as the church does what it does best - bring hope and healing. Our hearts "rang out" with words and expressions of thanksgiving and praise to our God.
The Caregiver Kits were a blessed addition to a well-rounded evening as we reached out locally and globally with God's love. The kits give the church an opportunity to DO something about hurting people...and invest in touching lives for Christ at a practical level. Thank you World Vision for the support and encouragement to make it happen at Camano Chapel this Thanksgiving.
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Women of Vision
Giving people the opportunity to DO something besides writing a check was very powerful – reaching out with their hands provided a tangible sense of relief to their souls. These people were all lit up and their energy level was incredible.
— Maureen Thrash, Women of Vision
Wildewood Christian Church
Caregiver Kits are on their way to Denver as you read this. The process throughout the project was fantastic. Every part was familiar, with not only World Vision, but also the specifics of the Caregiver Kit program. World Vision can be proud of the efforts put forth by their people involved in the project. Thanks for your encouragement and communications throughout the whole process. At one time, I was beginning to think we were all alone. But then an e-mail or package would arrive helping us to understand what was next or what to expect. Great job!
— Rick Carlson, Wildewood Christian Church
Mt. Carmel Catholic Church
What stays with me from the Caregiver Kit Event is … the number of people enjoying the task of preparing something that will make a difference in many lives far away; also the age span of volunteers, 3 years old (barely reaching the table) to 80+ years barely able to grasp the soap. The number of caregivers waiting for kits … the number of AIDS [patients] across the globe … the power of ‘numbers’ doing God’s work.”
— Mary Beth, Mt. Carmel Catholic Church
Seneca Creek Community Church
I am the children’s pastor at our church. The thing that drew me to this project is that it was something that the kids could do to learn to serve, to show compassion for others, and to respond to the AIDS crisis abroad. I was blown away by the response of the adults in our church who donated the money.
Our children (K-5th) put all 400 kits together in an hour and a half! They LOVED it! We recently did a lesson with them that taught how God wants us to not just say we love others with our words, but to show it with our actions … After the kids assembled the kits, each small group gathered around the kits and they prayed over them. One of our small group leaders told me how a child in her group who had always been afraid to pray out loud finally did it! It was awesome to see God use this project to grow her to take that step.I also believe that this project helped our children see that they CAN make a difference. They can use what they have to show the love of Christ to others. They also enjoyed it and learned firsthand how God blesses us as we give to others.
I pray that the people who receive these kits are blessed by them, but I can’t help but wonder if this project did more for changing us!
— Jeannette, Seneca Creek Community Church